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    New York City is ending its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for municipal employees including police officers, firefighters and teachers. Mayor Eric Adams says the vaccine mandate will end Friday. Adams said Monday that with more than 96% of city employees and more than 80% of city residents having received their initial vaccine shots, this is the right moment for this decision. The vaccination mandate for city employees was one of the last pandemic measures still in place in New York City. The city ended its vaccine requirement for employees of private businesses last November.

      The federal government’s pandemic-era prohibition against kicking people off Medicaid is ending, meaning that hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania face losing free health insurance. Many people who stand to lose Medicaid coverage have no idea that the changes are coming. That's according to advocacy organizations who do outreach to the poor. Enforcing the eligibility rules will be a massive bureaucratic task for the new administration of Gov. Josh Shapiro. All told, state caseworkers must resume enforcing eligibility rules April 1 for more than 3.6 million people who are on Medicaid. Those who are no longer eligible — or who didn’t submit information — will be guided to low-cost programs.

      His debilitating back pain lasted decades, until a new implant changed everything. The new muscle-stimulating device works by strengthening the multifidus muscle, which is essential for walking, sitting and bending, doctors say. Read more

      The trial of a Florida nursing home administrator accused of causing the overheating deaths of nine patients after a 2017 hurricane is underway. Prosecutors during Monday's opening statements accused Jorge Carballo of abandoning his patients, going home after the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power to its air conditioner during Hurricane Irma. They say when the heat rose, he should have ordered patients transferred to the hospital across the street, Carballo's attorneys said he is a scapegoat, that the real blame belongs to Florida Power & Light, which didn't restore power for three days. Carballo is charged with manslaughter. He could get 15 years in prison if convicted.

      The explosive popularity of The Last of Us, the video game-turned-HBO series where a fungal pathogen turns people into terrifying zombies, has given rise to a question: could this really happen? Scientists say fungal infections could be the next hard-to-solve crisis for the world, though per…

      A court in Georgia has rejected an appeal to release former president Mikheil Saakashvili from prison on health grounds. Saakashvili, who served as president in 2004-13 and led the so-called Rose Revolution protests that drove the previous president out of office, left Georgia for Ukraine after the end of his second term. He was later convicted in absentia of abuse of power and sentenced to six years in prison. He was arrested in October 2021 after returning to Georgia to try to bolster opposition forces before nationwide municipal elections. He went on hunger strikes after his arrest and is currently in a private clinic. His supporters say he should be released for medical examination outside Georgia.

      Police say an 82-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a New York nursing home but found to be breathing three hours later at the funeral home where she had been taken. The woman was pronounced dead Saturday morning at Water's Edge Rehab and Nursing Center at Port Jefferson on Long Island. No update on her condition was available Monday. The matter was referred to the state attorney general’s office for investigation. A person who answered the phone at the nursing home Monday hung up. Officials at the funeral home say they cannot comment out of respect for the families they serve.


      MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to bunions, millions of Americans are painfully familiar with the signs: Swelling, redness, a telltale bulge on the side of the big toe. Corns and calluses where other toes rub together. And pain. Lots and lots of pain.

      MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- That seemingly sudden heart attack? It may have been triggered by underlying coronary heart disease.

      MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- That seemingly sudden heart attack? It may have been triggered by underlying coronary heart disease.

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